The following message was printed in the April issue of Pathways, the publication of Virginia Mennonite Conference; EMS is affiliated with VMC. Paul’s recorded mini chapel and others in the series can be seen here. A Message from Paul Leaman, Head of School In February, when Virginia Conference requested our content for this issue, we…

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The spring 2020 EMHS National Honor Society induction ceremony moved to a virtual format in light of the school closure due to conroavirus. The virtual induction ceremony included the following letter by Justin King, high school principal, and video comments by Elwood Yoder, NHS sponsor, and Wendy Stapleton, former EMS biology teacher and mother of…

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Older students reading on video to younger book buddies. A photographic nature walk. Students sharing photos of helping at home, kitchen creations, completed assignments. “Show and tell” via Zoom or image folder. One-on-one FaceTime sessions. These samples of the hundreds of interactive hours of content created by EMS teachers in the last month of online…

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Donors made 98 individual gifts to raise $26,920 in one day to support Eastern Mennonite School’s COVID-19 Aid Fund. The April 22, 2020 #FlamesStrong Giving Day was made successful by generous support from faculty, staff, parents, alumni, friends and even a current student, reports Trisha Blosser, development director. “Our community is strong and generous,” said…

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Prospective students grades 6-12 and their parents are invited to a virtual open house and student visitation event on Wednesday, May 13, from 2 to 3 p.m. “at” Eastern Mennonite School. Using Zoom virtual meeting space, participants will have opening time together and then separate into two Zoom “rooms.” Prospective students will virtually “gather” with…

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Aviwe Mahlong is pictured signing a letter of intent to play basketball with Millersville (Pa.) University, where he was offered a full-ride scholarship, and where he plans to pursue a business degree. Mahlong, of Johannesburg, South Africa, was a standout player at Eastern Mennonite School in his two seasons at EMS, leading the team to…

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Herb Weaver’s unique hand-made ceramic mugs — presented to seniors each year as they walk across the stage to rehearse for the graduation ceremony — are one-of-a-kind. The mugs are a meaningful gift that welcomes the graduates as they move from “student” to “alumni” status at Eastern Mennonite School. Asked in 2006 by EMS development…

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More than 30,000 views of an EMS virtual choir performance of “Don’t Be Afraid,” by John Bell, on March 28 — more than 26,000 views on Facebook and more than 6,000 on YouTube — indicate that online choral singing can be meaningful, even if it comes with deep disappointment. Choir director Jared Stutzman started the…

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Sleeping in, reading for fun, hours outside… Along with all of this, EMS students continue to grow academically, socially and emotionally, through virtual community at Eastern Mennonite School this spring during the COVID-19 closure. Some students wish for more online school work, while other students — and stressed parents — need less, observed Maria Archer,…

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Before the full spring athletic season’s games were officially canceled, but students were out of school, the girls varsity soccer team shared a team building activity on Google Meet in which they created bookmarks. “The bookmark was a reminder that we are in this together,” explains coach Andrew Gascho, who is also athletic director. “Each…

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#FlamesStrong Giving Day on April 22, 2020, will provide an opportunity for people who are able to give gifts of any size at this time to support Eastern Mennonite School families and general school needs during the COVID-19 shut down. EMS has committed that no family affected by COVID-19 will need to make the difficult…

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Ava Galgano ’20, was named the Burger King Student-Athlete of the Week on WHSV – TV 3 on April 1, 2020. The EMS community misses seeing Ava on the soccer field this spring, but is inspired by her attitude in this interview. #GlFlames #FlamesStrong Since 8th grade, Ava Galgano has starred for the Eastern Mennonite…

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